If I have a problem that is 2 to the exponent 3.85 how do I get the correct answer on my calculator? I am having a terible time figuring it out. Thank you.
Depends on the calculator.
Most calculators in use for HS Math classes or above will likely be programmable calculators so you would look for the "^" button and type the following
2^3.58<enter>
If you have a "merely" scientific calculator you will be looking for a key that looks like "x to the yth power" (I can't do it without LaTeX.) I'll call this key <x^y>. You would type in:
2 <x^y> 3.85 , then the equal or enter key.
You should get 2^3.85 = 14.42
-Dan